Friday, September 28, 2007


Spinach can save your eyesight…

Popeye may not have been to wrong about eating spinach making you strong, eating your spinach could help save your eyesight and maybe even your life.

In the UK, over 25% of the over 60s have some degree of visual loss because of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). When we step out into sunlight without eye protection we damage the backs of our eyes and this causes AMD.


AMD occurs in the centre part of the retina called the macula. It can cause blindness in the centre of the eye, with peripheral vision only remaining.

Part of the retina’s protection is a pigment, lutein, which absorbs UV blue light, the most damaging wavelength of sunlight. Lutein is also thought to be an antioxidant, which helps maintain the health of the eye. The pigment itself can only come from diet, and one very good source for this is spinach.

You would only need to introduce spinach into your diet twice a week to help boost the health of your eyes. As you get older you may want to increase the amounts you have in your diet, and you can do this by having green spinach smoothies.

One of my favorite salads is Avocado and Strawberries with spinach; I use a good raw apple cider and walnut oil as the dressing. Some of you may be thinking Strawberries in a salad? But trust me it is amazing…

I hope this helps someone...

Bear. X

2 comments:

faith said...

I wondered about this...about 2 years ago I went to the eye doctor to get new glasses. I had my eyes tested and he said, 'your eyes are getting bad, you have to be very careful or you will need byfocals soon' EEP!

So I got a new perscription and they were alot stronger. about 6 months after I started drinking green smoothies every day (and typically I put spinach in them) did this for about a year, then had my eyes tested again. They were giving me alot of pain, and I was worried that I would have to get byfocals. however when my eyes were tested, the doctor said, "this is extreemly rare, but your eyes have gotten alot better, that's why your eyes hurt, the perscription is too strong." WOW

Raw Vegan Bear said...

I really wish my sister would try it. Her eyes are getting bad and I know if she tryed it she would see some improvement..

But you just can't tell some people...

Bear. x